District 13 Justice of the Peace Edward Spears will be opposed by Bruce Carman in the May 20 Democratic primary.

District 13 Justice of the Peace Edward Spears will be opposed by Bruce Carman in the May 20 Democratic primary.


Spears, who lives in Wabbaskea, is the owner of Spears Rental Properties of Pine Bluff and said he’s always been a resident of the district.


Spears said his priorities include improving county roads, community beautification and development of youth programs.


According to Spears, 60 percent of the county’s roads are in his district.


"I am working hard to create a system to prioritize the repair of these roads," he said.


He said he believes one of his primary accomplishments as a JP is helping to establish stability with the county finances.


"I believe we have been good stewards with the taxpayers’ money,"Spears said.


A former member of the Wabbaseka City Council, Spears was appointed to the Arkansas Optometry Board by Governor Mike Beebe in 2008.


He is a member of the NAACP, the Association of Arkansas Counties and Wabbaseka Church of Christ.


Carman, a retired supervisor at the Pine Bluff Arsenal, has been the fire chief of the Linwood/Moscow Volunteer Fire Department since 1997, and has been a part time II deputy with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department since 2006.


"We in District 13 enjoy our country life, but I think we can do better to secure more of the quality of life we want," Carman said in a press release announcing his candidacy. "Throughout the years, I have worked with the county judge and the quorum court on grants and completing projects in our area."


He said if elected, he would work closely with all the residents of the district, especially with all 10 volunteer fire departments.


"As a fire chief myself, it gives me a unique ability to understand the needs of each fire department," Carman said.


No Republican has filed for the position.